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From the Editor: Birth Evangelism

So many women go into their birth experience with fear, rather than believing in the strength of their bodies or the matter-of-factness of birth. Jan and Harriette illustrate this changed view of women’s bodies with an example seen at an art showing. Read more…. From the Editor: Birth Evangelism

Wisdom of the Midwives: Intervention

Wisdom of the Midwives – Issue 140

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Tricks of the Trade – Issue 140

Tricks of the Trade – Issue 140

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Interventions and Mortality

The maternal and neonatal mortality rates in the US are disgraceful. Diana Paul discusses some of the factors that have led to this current situation and how we could learn from the British on improving it.

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Wisdom of the Midwives: Interventions

Wisdom of the Midwives: Interventions

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Katie’s Story

I step into Katie’s warm kitchen. She’s asked me over to check on her since she had already suffered one miscarriage, to make sure of all her “pills.” I sit down at her neatly set lunch table for two; the warm cookstove beside us comforts me on my busy day.

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Marion’s Message: Intervention to Prevent Maternal Mortality

Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s highest regional maternal mortality rate. I am currently working with African partners in Soroti, Uganda—located in that region—on research to learn why these deaths occur.

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Media Reviews

Media Reviews – Issue 140
“Planet Ocean: Our Mysterious Connections to Water,” by Michel Odent
“Birthing a Movement: Midwives, Law, and the Politics of Reproductive Care,” by Renée Ann Cramer
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Saw-Grass: A Traditional Intervention Used in Midwifery Practice in Northern Uganda

Our Range Rover ambulance arrived in the village of Okidi in Atiak, northern Uganda, with three midwives. We had received an urgent call that an Acholi woman was in labor there and wanted to be brought to our birth center, which is near the village of Parawaca, to have the assistance of midwives during her labor and delivery. When we arrived, the woman, wearing a lovely red dress, was dancing about in active labor near two other village women.

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Birth Interventions: A Double-Edged Sword

Speaking figuratively, a double-edged sword refers to something that has both positive and negative consequences. It will either hurt you or have a harmful cost, or it will help you and be good for you.

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It Will Strengthen Him

“Hello, this is Joy Marker.” The young voice spoke over the phone.
“Yes, Ms. Marker, how can I help you? You’ve reached the afterhours nurse.” It was Sunday morning around 5:30 am.

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